Emergency Management


The Emergency Management Track will enable students to understand the phase of emergency management: mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.

Program Objectives

  • To understand the incident command system
  • To understand mechanisms of injury in natural and man-made disasters, as well as injuries due to biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear terrorism
  • To learn all aspects of hospital preparedness including emergency operation plans, personal protective equipment, isolation capacity, decontamination capability, etc.
  • To become familiar with federal, state, and local response agency/assets such as the DC Emergency Healthcare Coalition, National Disaster Medical System, and National Response Framework.
  • To understand issues surrounding mass casualty response such as mass triage, surge capacity, mass prophylaxis, volunteer credentialing and multi-agency coordination
  • To understand healthcare and/or organizational vulnerabilities and corresponding mitigation efforts


Program Activities

  Required First & Second Year Activities

  • Attend the Emergency Management lecture series
    • Students are expected to attend all of the lecture/workshop series, however may miss one per academic year
    • Scholarly Concentration (SC) Directors may accept attendance at other emergency management related lectures for lecture/workshop credit on a case by case basis
  • Participate in an Experiential Opportunity/Internship in the Summer following first year of at least eight week duration
    • Meet with the SC Director(s) to identify acceptable internship in the summer in the late winter.
    • Students must submit a project proposal including scope of work, a timeline, objectives/goals, and the organization/mentor with which the student will be working including contact information.
    • Military students (HPSP) may use their Officer Basic course to satisfy part of this requirement, but must meet the overall eight week duration by supplementing their summer experience if the Officer Basic course is under eight weeks.
    • After project completion, students are required to submit a 4-6 page paper to include the student’s project scope, the role the student played in the project, how the project changed from the original proposal, and reflections on the experience.
    • Present a summary of the experience in the Fall following the project to the MS I class


 Lecture Series

  Topic Areas for Years I & II (sampling)

  • Introduction to the Emergency Management Track
  • How Countries Accept Aid After a Disaster
  • Disaster Recovery: What to Do When Your Ship Sinks
  • Decontamination
  • Pandemic Influenza, Part 1
  • Pandemic Influenza, Part 2
  • The 2001 Anthrax Attacks: A Critical Analysis
  • Surge Capacity: A Discussion
  • The Approaching Storm
  • Fast and Furious
  • Natural Disaster Planning
  • Man Made Incident and Emergency Management
  • Urban Search and Rescue: Environment and Response
  • The National Disaster Medical System and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
  • Biological agents and principles of isolation and prophylaxis; case study of the anthrax attack
  • Chemical agents and principles of decontamination; case study of the Tokyo subway sarin attack
  • Response to radiation disasters
  • Introduction to incident command structure; case study of the first World Trade Center bombing
  • Healthcare system emergency preparedness
  • NDMS response to the Florida hurricanes of 2004
  • The Toronto SARS experience
  • Collapsed structure rescue; case study of the Turkish earthquake
  • The 2005 presidential inauguration and the role of the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Humanitarian disaster relief
  • The terrorist attacks of September 11th
  • Psychological response to terrorism
  • Personal preparedness for disasters


Required Third-Fourth Year Activities

  • Complete the following FEMA Independent Study courses found at http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.aspx by March 31st of the Senior Year
  • IS-100.HCb “Introduction to the Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals”
  • IS-200.HCA “Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations”
  • IS-700.A “NIMS An Introduction”
  • IS-800.B “National Response Framework, An Introduction”


  • Scholarly Project requirements:
    • The scholarly project should be a 10 page, referenced paper on a topic related to Emergency Management.
    • Students are required to submit the documentation related to their Scholarly Project to the Office of Student Professional Enrichment via the Medical Professional Development Blackboard site for approval by the SC Director(s)
    • The Scholarly Project MUST be applicable to Emergency Management
    • How does this work relate to the four phases of Emergency Management?


  • Senior Elective in Emergency Management – IDIS/EM 361  


Asynchronous/non-continuous (option 1)

  • Complete the following FEMA Independent Study courses found at http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.aspx
    • Note that you may be required to obtain a FEMA Student ID for access to the on line courses at https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid
    • IS-235.b – Emergency Planning
    • IS-346: An Orientation to Hazardous Materials for Medical Personnel
    • IS-546.A: Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
    • IS-808: Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 – Public Health and Medical Services
    • IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
    • IS-366.A: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters



Synchronous/continuous (option 2)

  • Take a 4 week elective at an organization or work on a project in emergency management approved by the Scholarly Concentration Director
  • Write a 2 page paper on your elective experience


Other Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Students will have opportunities to work with faculty members on projects, research, and publications
  • Students will have opportunities to sit in on other related subject matters to Emergency Management